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Visit Date: 5/13/22
Steps: 19,713
Parks Miles: 9.3
Time in Parks: 10


Trip Log:

Arrived at the Disneyland resort just after noon and was directed into a spot on the Cars level of the Pixar Pals parking structure. Decided to walk over to the Disneyland Hotel to check on the construction then through Downtown Disney. In Downtown Disney stopped by the Star Wars Trading Post, LEGO store, and saw the Stanley Cup on my way to the parks. Arrived at Disneyland just as the 1pm park hopping crowd did. The Disneyland Band was performing in Town Square so I stopped to watch the end of their set. Made my way up Main Street to the hub and into Adventureland. Saw the Mark Twain arriving in port so passed through Frontierland and boarded. After my cruise walked along the Rivers of America and then around New Orleans Sqaure. Continued on to Critter Country then Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Passed throught Fantasyland, walking out to the theatre and then back around the Matterhorn to Tomorrowland. Took a look around before returning to Main Street USA. Saw the Disneyland Band and characters march by then walked through some shops before finding a spot to read some emails and listen to the Straw Hatters in Town Square. After their set returned to Tomorrowland to listen to the Disneyland Band then stopped by the Royal Theatre and watched Beauty and the Beast. Saw the Frozen cavalcade and then hung around for the 4:30pm Flag Retreat. While waiting ordered dinner from Smoke Jumpers. After the ceremony crossed the Esplanade and strolled up Buena Vista Street and over to pick up my food. After eating explored Hollywood Land then Avengers Campus. Passed through Cars Land and walked around Pixar Pier. Stopped by Paradise Gardens to catch a performance at the Bandstand then returned to Avengers Campus. Watched some of the Dr. Strange show then made my way out to Downtown Disney for teh 7:30pm performance by Tupua. After their show returned to Disneyland and found a spot at 8:30 for the 8:45 Main Street Electrical Parade. After the parade moved out into the street for Disneyland Forever. Once the fireworks were over returned to the trams, parking structure, found my car and headed for home.

Other Interesting Stats:
* Moderate Walking Stats (meaning over 2.5mph): 15,059 steps, 132 minutes.

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Note: These totals may be skewed because the pedometer is zero'd when we start and then left alone and read when we leave. So attractions, and other things may cause extra "steps" to be counted. The pedometer that we use basically measures up/down motion as a step, so if your standing in line and moving up and down it may be counting steps, etc.. so the total distances traveled and steps may be off.. so use these as rough distance comparisons between trips and they may not be accurate in terms of actual distance traveled.

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My Thoughts & Observations:

Hello Everyone!

I returned from Walt Disney World on Tuesday evening and decided to keep my reservation for Disneyland on Friday to relax. I enjoy getting away to WDW but coming back to Anaheim feels like home to me and is a different experience. If you want to see any pictures or read my thoughts & observations from that trip be sure to check out my Walt Disney World May 2022 Trip Summary Page for links.

Friday the parks felt busy with a Grad Nite going on and normal park crowd. The weather was on the warm side hitting 90 in the after noon and only cooling down to the upper 70s when I left. The couple times I looked at wait times they were scattered with some higher than normal and other less.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • When I arrived at the parks I opted to go through the Ball Road light to lesson the odds of parking outside on the roof. It seems the two overpass lanes tend to get directed to floors 5 and 6 and the Disneyland Drive lanes get floors 3 and 4 during the times I arrive normally. I just missed the light and had to sit there for several minutes waiting. Once through the light I encountered no delays at the toll booths or on the floor. I managed to get one of the first spots in the row I was directed to on the Cars level but due to the large portion they keep for preferred parking I was still a moderate walk to the stairs. They block the first sections and start parking a the C pillar of the row. Not sure if they ever filled those spots. When I left most were empty still. So either all those people showed up late and left prior to the fireworks or the space was not used.
  • Downtown Disney still had many of the Star Wars Day, May the 4th, features available. The sand sculpture for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series looked good in its location outside the trading post. The LEGO store had several models inside and out still. I thought it was interesting that the Star Wars Trading Post has expanded out into its courtyard. I did spot more people there.. so not sure if its drawing more or they are just more visible now.
  • The NHL Stanley Cup was available for Photos near Splitsville from noon to 7:00pm Friday and Saturday. When I stopped by there were a handful of guests and a quick line if you wanted to play a game for a prize or get your picture with the cup. I thought this was a fun promotion but in an awkward area. Having it out there mid day seems a bit out of the way. I saw no signage near the trams or Downtown Disney entrances either.
  • I goofed up and did not pay attention to my arrival time and found myself at the entrance to Disneyland a few minutes before 1pm. The problem with this is there is no signage and a lot of confused guests on which lines are for initial Disneyland entry guests and which are for park hopping guests. Also today being GradNite some thought there was a special GradNite queue too. The whole process seemed confusing to many. I lucked out and choose a 1st time entry queue and made it in relatively quickly (about 5 minutes).
  • The Disneyland Band is once again moving around during their sets. They have re-started their marches/drills for the sets that have been stationary since their return. It was great to see them in motion again.
  • The tree house renovation in Adventureland continues. Disney confirmed a few weeks ago that when it reopens it will have a new theme but no information on what that will be or when it will reopen. The entrance stairs and bridge that were added when Tarzan moved have been disassembled. This should help to open the walkway a bit.
  • In New Orleans Square pavement and Fantasmic renovations continue. The work has shifter further back into New Orleans Square as well as toward Frontierland with several sections of wall up and pavement being replaced. They have about 2 weeks to wrap up this project with Fantasmic returning on the 28th.
  • Speaking of Fantasmic Friday marked the 30th anniversary of the show. It would have been nice to watch the show to mark the anniversary but instead had to settle for hearing the Disneyland Band perform the theme as well as the music in the Esplanade.
  • In Tomorrowland a couple of photo opportunities from Star Wars day were still available. One for the Mandalorian and another the Book of Boba Fett. There were no waits for either the couple of times I walked by.
  • While waiting for the band in Tomorrowland I overheard an interesting family discussion. The father was convinced to get to the two new Star Wars rides you had to use the Launch Bay. The mother did not understand why the rides were open but the entrance closed. The kids seemed confused by the conversation and were pointing to the map on the app as they wandered off toward the Matterhorn and out of ear shot.
  • I stopped by Town Square for the nightly Flag Retreat. Interesting both the Dapper Dans and Disneyland Band were on the time schedule but neither participated in the ceremony this evening. The honor guard lowered the flags to a recording instead.
  • For dinner I used mobile order for Smoke Jumpers Grill. When I arrived to pick up my order the register queue was out the door. No wait at all for mobile order. They only had one register open and it looked to be slow going for those going that route. Seems they are convinced that the only way to get people to use the digital tools is to make it as hard as possible on you if you opt not to.
  • As part of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders heritage month the hotels and Downtown Disney have activities and entertainment going on. On the West End stage in Downtown Disney there are different groups performing throughout the month. Today Tupua was performing. They put on an entertaining show and drew a healthy crowd at the 7:30pm one I attended. At the Hotels there is a Hula Experience and Ukulele lessons depending on the day. I saw signs near Trader Sams but they were a little short on details (like where they were to be held and for the one it said reservations recommended but no info on how to make them).
  • I arrived back at Disneyland and stepped onto Main Street USA just before 8:30pm. Most viewing looked rather full but I managed to find an acceptable spot 2 or three rows back, which turned out great since the family decided to sit so I stood behind their stroller and had a clear view. The recording saying all viewing locations were full and to come back later played as I found my space. There were still spaces but it was getting tight.
  • I wish they made an announcement before the parade and fireworks asking people to keep balloons, kids, etc.. below head level. There were several balloons in the first row of the parade that were blocking people's view. The owners were seated and letting it fly about 6 feet or so off the ground right in everyone's line of sight. Same for kids on shoulders. You have what you think is a good spot for the fireworks then kids fly up on shoulders when the lights go out. Hold the kids at your height.. I know its hard to do (have done it with cousins and nephews) but it so much more courteous to those around you.
  • I did not see projections on the Main Street buildings as the finale passed. Not sure if my angle was off or if they did not run this evening. I did see them down on the castle. I thought this was a nice plus, hopefully it was a minor glitch or I just missed them.
  • There were issues this evening and the full Disneyland Forever show ran, unlike my last viewing where the fireworks stopped mid show.
  • When it came time to exit I encountered no issues. Walked out and through the queue to the trams. They were holding groups and dispatching you to the load zones. I found it interesting when you waited they were telling people to go to the second/further load zone since it is usually less crowded. When were were let go the first load zone was loading a tram and there were a number of empty seats. So I hopped on with no wait at all. As the tram pulled through the station the second load station had probably two trams worth of guests stacked up at it.

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